A research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Beyond oil: Geographies of climate and energy transformation – Bergen, Norway, 21-22 Oct 2015
5th June 2015
Call for papers - Beyond oil: Geographies of climate and energy transformation
Conference at the University of Bergen, Norway, October 21 and 22, 2015
Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The challenge of climate change is well recognized, renewable energy technologies are increasingly important in energy systems, and sustainability has become a critical parameter for urban and regional planning. Even though most agree that the observed processes of change are far behind what the climate science suggests is necessary, and political, economic, cultural path dependencies are evident, the transition is now.
The question is how cities, regions and states manage and respond to on-going processes of change, and how sustainable, equitable and democratic outcomes will be. A task for social scientists is to analyse the structures of inertia, as well as to identify and understand conditions for transformative change.
The aim of this conference is to create an arena for discussing research on the social processes and geographies of climate and energy transformation. Relevant themes are for example:
Pathways and strategies in transition towards societies beyond oil
Responses, policies and approaches adopted by different communities, cities, regions and states
Civil society initiatives for transformation
Critical debates on socio-technical regimes, old and new
Vulnerabilities and inequity in the transition process
Corporate actors in climate and energy transitions – innovators or stragglers?
Theoretical perspectives on the spatial politics of green and low-carbon transitions
The conference is organised as an activity in the Norwegian Political Geography Network and the Spaces of Climate and Energy Lab.
Researchers from outside political geography with an interest in the theme are very welcome to join.